Uber can fly you over the Big Apple and help you to skip traffic. The ride-sharing company just launched a new helicopter service between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Lower Manhattan. The service is set to start on July 9.

Customers who take advantage of this cutting-edge option will take an eight-minute journey from the airport to the city. A car trip covering the same distance could take more than an hour on an average day. Prices per journey will range somewhere between $200 and $225 per passenger. As usual, dynamic pricing will be applied.

Uber's new helicopter service covers a route that many travelers and New Yorkers take on a daily basis. The service includes both a helicopter ride and a private car ride to or from the terminal. Riders will be restricted when it comes to what they can take along when using air service from Uber. Only one carry-on bag and one personal bag per passenger will be accepted when boarding. The carry-on bag has a 40 pounds weight limit.

You'll need to have membership in one of Uber's two top-tier loyalty levels in order to be eligible to take a helicopter ride from New York JFK. However, there's a good chance that the program could be expanded if it proves to be popular. There's even talk of expanding helicopter service to additional cities outside of New York.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at GET.com and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: scott.dylan@get.com.